Aide L (our sub for Aide S last year) is now our sub for Aide T until she comes back. I'd forgotten how nosy she is! Eesh. Fortunately, Aide S just kept working with kids, and Aide J answered as briefly and non-specifically as possible. Good for her.
At least we have someone consistent, though the inevitable comparisons will be forthcoming: Oh, the Bulldozer didn't do that when I subbed in his class last year! Wow, is Girl J more stubborn this year than last year? My goodness, M is still having bathroom issues? They seem worse than last year.
Anyhow, the Bulldozer had no meltdowns, and even participated during the Let's Learn the Rules Second Step lesson. As in, if someone is talking, you are silent. You raise your hand to ask a question. You listen to others.
I made "turn" cards I saw at a Barbara Bloomfield workshop a while back. Every kid got three. If you answered a question, you gave one up. Once yours were gone, you didn't get to answer a question until everybody else's were gone. If you were using your turn card, everyone else was to be silent.
It actually worked pretty well.
Also, Superhero knows the word (and PECs picture) for frustrated. Cool.
You know the saying about having someone on a short leash? This group of kids needs a four-inch choke chain. I have utter faith that we will get there eventually -- the Second Step lesson proved it -- but it's going to be...fun...getting there.
But I must say, it was nice to actually get a chance to teach today. Since E was out sick, Aide J was available to help other kids more than normal, so I was able to pull M during small group working time and work one on one with her.
Tomorrow is principal's recess, which all but three of the kids earned. I suspect the three who didn't won't be very happy -- but Girl J (I need a nickname for her, by the way) connects actions and consequences well enough that the reminder should do her well in the future.
Incidentally, the five item schedule was way too much for Bulldozer. Right now, only the bottom spot has an activity in it, and then his reinforcer (i.e., an if-then board -- if you do your journal, then you can draw).